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The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)

The sole surviving Texas Ranger (Klinton Spilsbury) of an ambush arranged by outlaw leader Major Bartholomew "Butch" Cavendish (Christopher Lloyd) returns to fight back as a great masked western hero, The Lone Ranger.

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William A. Fraker

Writers:

Ivan Goff (screenplay), Ben Roberts (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Klinton Spilsbury ... The Lone Ranger / John Reid
Michael Horse ... Tonto
Christopher Lloyd ... Maj. Bartholomew 'Butch' Cavendish
Matt Clark ... Sheriff Wiatt
Juanin Clay ... Amy Striker
Jason Robards ... President Ulysses S. Grant
John Bennett Perry ... Ranger Captain Dan Reid
David Hayward ... Ranger Collins
John Hart ... Lucas Striker
Richard Farnsworth ... Wild Bill Hickok
Lincoln Tate Lincoln Tate ... General George A. Custer
Ted Flicker Ted Flicker ... Buffalo Bill Cody
Marc Gilpin ... Young John Reid
Patrick Montoya Patrick Montoya ... Young Tonto
David Bennett David Bennett ... General Aurelio Rodriguez
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When the young Texas Ranger, John Reid (Klinton Spilsbury), is the sole survivor of an ambush arranged by the outlaw leader, Bartholomew "Butch" Cavendish (Christopher Lloyd), he is rescued by an old childhood Comanche friend, Tonto (Michael Horse). When he recovers from his wounds, he dedicates his life to fighting the crime that Cavendish represents. To this end, John Reid disguises himself and becomes the great masked western hero, The Lone Ranger. With the help of Tonto, the pair go to rescue President Ulysses S. Grant (Jason Robards, Jr.) when Cavendish takes him hostage. We learn that Cavendish was an officer in the United States military before he was court-martialled and dishonorably discharged. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Now the truth about him is told. Of his family destroyed by violence. Of the Indian who became his brother. Of the woman that fate denied him. Now the mask is lifted, and the man is revealed. See more »


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Trivia

Although the film was a massive flop, savvy producer Lew Grade managed to sell the TV rights for $7.5 million. See more »

Goofs

Could have sworn the older brother was an uncle when he showed up at the indian camp. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
First Scalphunter: You got him! You got him!
Young John Reid: Shh, sit down. Get down!
Young Tonto: Leave me alone!
First Scalphunter: You ain't never gonna find that little redskin.
Second Scalphunter: When I do, I'm gonna scalp him.
Young John Reid: [whispering] Go. It's alright. Come on.
Second Scalphunter: The little injun's somewhere.
Young John Reid: [whispering] Get down.
First Scalphunter: They're at the Reid place. Come on, we're missin' it.
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Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 5 secs to remove horse-falls. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Wild Wild West (1999) See more »

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It's worth seeing again
14 April 2009 | by aljmacSee all my reviews

I saw this when I was five. I liked it at the time and was too young to have heard about the politics and controversy with Clayton Moore or notice the dubbing of the title character's voice. Even watching it again the other day for the first time in almost thirty years, those things were not issues to the movie itself.

It was entertaining. There are things I'd change here or there, but overall it was good. The handling of Tonto still holds up today in our hyper-PC world.

It's not without its warts, but they can easily be seen beyond and the movie enjoyed. Definitely check it out.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Legend of the Lone Ranger See more »

Filming Locations:

Monument Valley, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,945,600, 25 May 1981

Gross USA:

$12,617,845

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,617,845
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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